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Red Sox vs. A’s lineup: J.D. Martinez is back, at least

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E-Rod’s on the mound.

Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox
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Game 29 vs. A’s

Lineup spot A's Red Sox
Lineup spot A's Red Sox
1 Marcus Semien, SS Andrew Benintendi, LF
2 Matt Chapman, 3B Mookie Betts, RF
3 Stephen Piscotty, RF J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Khris Davis, DH Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Chad Pinder, LF Rafael Devers, 3B
6 Kendrys Morales, 1B Michael Chavis, 1B
7 Ramon Laureano, CF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
8 Jurickson Profar, 2B Christian Vázquez, C
9 Josh Phegley, RF Tzu-Wei Lin, 2B
SP Frankie Montas, RHP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP

I’m at a loss for words about the Red Sox right now, because they are bad and it’s pretty straightforward that they are bad. Tonight at 7 p.m. on NESN and ESPN, Eduardo Rodriguez (2-2, 5.88 ERA) will try to keep himself under control like he did last time out against Detroit (6 innings, 1 run) and not like he did the last time he faced Oakland (3.2 innings, 6 runs). He’ll be matched by righty Frankie Montas (4-1, 3.10 ERA), who, at 26 years old, is putting up the numbers we always expected of E-Rod, but, unfortunately, for the other team.

Oakland’s lineup is anchored by the MVP-caliber Matt Chapman at first base and home run machine Khris Davis at DH. They also have good-guy Stephen Piscotty in right field and old man Kendrys Morales at first base, both of whom are extremely A’s players. In center is Ramon Laureano, who you know from this:

The Sox were very late to put out their lineups, likely waiting to see on the status of J.D. Martinez, who is in the lineup after his bout with back spasms. Mitch Moreland and the struggling Steve Pearce both get the day off, with Michael Chavis at first base and Tzu-Wei Lin at second.